It's the A to Zed Challenge! I'll be posting the first half of the month from Ottawa where I'm staying with my youngest and his partner and their newest - a little guy who is 12 days old today! Yay!
Theme? Writing and Life is what comes to me... how to balance the writing life with the other tugs you may have...
The ABCDEaria of the Writing Life -
A is for Acceptance
I accept that I will be drawn into other aspects of my life that don't support my writing. Or do they? I heard that one thing Richard Ford said at a talk he gave in Halifax recently was that he only needed to be a writer and a husband - every other duty, passion, etc... fell away leaving those two. Well, I would like that but it simply isn't true of who I am. I accept that I am a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a lover and partner, a therapist, a photographer, a curious human who has to see what this is about. I accept that it takes me from my work - right now I am completely consumed by being a grandmother to a new little bean and I cannot imagine saying 'no, I can't come to Ottawa for three weeks because I need to focus on my writing' and I accept what that means. I'll probably never be a Richard Ford but I know I'll always be a real and true Jan Morrison!